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DESCRIPTION: (from MTV's web site, September 2008) The stars are literally lining up for Celebrity Rap Superstar. There's a seemingly endless supply of notables out there who want to be hip-hop superstars and are eager to show off their skills on the mic. Now MTV is going to give eight lucky celebrities hailing from the worlds of music, TV, film, sports and more a chance to compete in a thrilling winner-takes-all rap battle. Who will be able to bring the heat? Can blogarazzi blabbermouth Perez Hilton out rhyme rocker Sebastian Bach? Will it be Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson, Laguna Beach/The Hills bad boy Jason Wahler or actress Shar Jackson who can drop mad science? Or will it be actress/singer Countess Vaughn, actor Efren Ramirez or former NFL player Jamal Anderson who proves they have what it takes to bring the noise? And what's in it for them? Street cred, that's what. Yup, the winner is gonna walk away with mad respect! Every celebrity will work on their lyrical delivery by performing classic hits and poppin' new tracks written just for them. But they won't do it alone. They'll have mentors by their sides to teach them the art of hip-hop. Who, you ask? Why, only some of the most well-known rappers of all time, including Redman, Warren G, Too Short, Bubba Sparxxx, Tone Loc, Bizarre and MC Lyte. Over the course of eight weeks, each celebrity will learn their verses and practice their flow with their mentors. Then, the pressure will be on as they stand in the spotlight to spit rhymes in front of a studio audience and an expert panel of judges made up of industry heavy hitters DMC (Run-DMC), rapper Da Brat and radio personality Big Boy. Will these Celebrity Rap Superstars step up to the mic with impressive skills or will they trip on their tongues and find themselves mad dissed on live TV? And you'll play a part in the whole thing, too, because who wins isn't up to the judges. Viewers will vote, vote, vote for their fave celebrity rapper, weighing in on who should stay and who should go! Then, based how the audience votes, there will be celebrity eliminations until the winning Celebrity Rap Superstar is crowned. It's gonna be off the hook! Hosted by actor/comedian Kevin Hart (The Big House, Epic Movie, Soul Plane), Celebrity Rap Superstar has a talent lineup like no other. And if eight aspiring celebrity rappers, eight established hip-hop mentors and three respected judges weren't enough reason to watch, there will be plenty of surprise guests, behind-the-scenes battles, sensational showdowns and a never-ending supply of blunders and beef. Any way you slice it, finding the first Celebrity Rap Superstar is gonna be one wild ride!